|At the desk of the Vice President's ceremonial office in the|
Eisenhower Building, on the grounds of the White House
* This Fall, we led project teams to help ministries in the following countries: Benin, Kenya, Nigeria, 4 trips to Uganda, Cameroon, Madagascar and India. Most of those trips went out in September, with the project work being completed now in time for the current project semester to end in about a month's time.
* This morning during our Friday morning sharing time, EMI staffer Rex Barber shared about the trip he led to Tenwek Hospital in Western Kenya back in September. EMI has a long history with Tenwek Hospital, having sent many teams to their campus in rural Kenya to help with the various stages of that hospital's ongoing expansion. Franklin Graham once said of Tenwek, "Tenwek Hospital is one of the greatest evangelical outreaches I know of anywhere in the world today." After EMI's design work on this project is complete, Tenwek will begin construction on a new surgery building that will result in the number of surgeries they perform each year expanding from 3000 to 6000!
|Rex and team sharing about their Tenwek|
project trip this morning. Many of you helped
raise funds for this project this past summer by
supporting us in EMI's annual Golf Marathon.
|The EMI Directors up in Canada for the annual Director's|
Conference - we took a 1/2-day to go see nearby Banff!
|It was our first time to DC, so we went a day early to walk|
the famous mall...7 miles of walking in all that day.
|We had a guest speaker come speak one night. He actually is|
somewhat of a chaplain to the Supreme Court Justices...a very
interesting man and different kind of mission story!
|I spoke a little at various points of the conference.|
|Our CEO John Dallmann was the keynote speaker on Saturday|
night. He did a great job.
|Alisha led a round-table session on raising a family overseas.|
|What does it take to move a family of 4 overseas to work with|
EMI? This is the luggage for the Reinhardt family whom I
picked up from Denver Int'l Airport last Friday. The Reinhardts
were returning after spending nearly a year in Uganda.
* We now have families who are currently overseas studying language and/or preparing to launch our next 3 offices to open in Senegal, Nicaragua and Cambodia.
* The Fall soccer season is almost wrapping up - I coached Graysen's U11 team, and Brodie and Jonah played on the same team with a new Christian soccer club that started a few years ago. Brodie and Jonah also referee now - each working 3-4 games per weekend.
|Graysen, doing what he loves most.|
|Coaching Graysen's team is a lot of fun. We have|
a special group of boys - they are some very talented
players, but more importantly, they are good boys
who come from great families.
* Our pet rabbits Mildred and Murphy eat hay nonstop and sometimes a few of the pine chips in their litter box. They are glad to see the cold weather arriving (our first snow here was Monday - we got 3").
|Mildred (top) and Murphy, having a 'play date'.|
They typically stay in their own cages, which
we have situated side by side. Murphy is a clean
freak so he doesn't care for Mildred's 'pig sty'
approach to life.
A few more pictures from our DC trip:
|My long-time friend Brodie, with wife Jenn and kids Joe,|
Noelle and S. Brad. Brodie is our Brodie's namesake, and looks
after the VP
|Brodie got us inside the White House complex! A marine is|
stationed at the front door of the West Wing.
|Probably my favorite thing to see inside was the Supreme Court|
building - one of the most influential buildings in the world.
|On top of the overwhelmingly large contingency of Secret|
Service agents in and around the capitol mall, we even
saw Paul Blart, Mall Cop leading a segway tour for some